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September 21, 2012 A Hearty Slice of Crapola In Jacques Derrida’s “Differánce,” Derrida explains that meaning in literature, as well as in life, is found through a process called “differánce.” “Differánce” functions as the process of differences, and it exists on two axes: space and time. To ‘differ’ is spatial, while to ‘defer’ is temporal. However, it isn’t so simple to define what ‘differánce’ itself is. In fact, in order to explain ‘differánce,’ one must first look at what it is not . Metaphorically speaking, when one uses differánce, one acts as an artist ‘drawing in the negative.’ The concept of ‘negative’ and ‘positive’ space in art is essential to understanding differánce. Drawing in the negative is drawing every angle and shape around an object, without ever positing the actual object itself. In this way, the object’s presence is defined by its absence. By positing for even a moment, we are able to define what something is ‘not,’ and thus what it is. However, this act of positing is momentary,
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